Your roof goes through a lot. Full sun exposure and pounding rain, summer heat, winter cold and winds in spring and autumn. One of the worst times for a roof is when a storm rolls through, and as a homeowner in Columbus, Ohio, you know that storm damage is always a concern. Fortunately, storm damage doesn’t have to be as debilitating as you might think. Cap City Restoration offers an emergency service to help you through these trying times that roof storm damage brings. Knowing what can happen during a storm, what repairs to expect and what preventative measures to take can help you and your roof weather the storm.
Strong winds and rain can do a lot to a roof. Strong winds can rip off shingles, which is obviously undesirable given that shingles are there to protect the roof and the house below from penetrating moisture and heat. Flying branches and other debris can cause punctures into the roof underlayment, causing leaks and moisture accessibility. Strong winds, water and snow can remove granules from shingles, which reduces the reflective properties of shingles and causes heat build-up. Likewise, heavier than normal snow can stress rafters and joists, possibly causing cracks or breakage in any weak or damaged parts. Ice dams and strong wind can also wreak havoc on your gutters while also causing moisture to penetrate back through the shingles and into your home. All in all, there are a lot of problems that storm damage can cause to your roof.
It’s always a good idea to check your roof frequently, especially after a storm. Going up into the attic to check for any leaks or penetrating punctures will help to prevent water infiltration that can lead to wood rot and mildew formation. Check the roof to see if any shingles were blown off and where. Also, checking your gutters to make sure that they are properly attached and that there isn’t too much granule removal will help to ensure that all water can properly flow off of your roof and away from your house. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the inspection yourself Cap City Restoration is the professional near you. We offer free inspections and estimates. It’s always a good idea to contact a roofer as soon as possible if you detect roof damage, as ignored problems can make matters worse later.
Fortunately, repairing a damaged roof is not as expensive as it may seem. Ideally, you should have sufficient homeowners insurance which will cover any damage caused by wind, hail, ice, trees or lightning. With that, roofing expenses will depend on the scope of the damage and what needs to be repaired or replaced. New shingles will cost from between 3.50 to 5.50 a square foot. Replacing roof underlayment will cost approximately $.50-1 a square foot, and a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood costs roughly 40-$50 depending on the size and material. Keep all of these costs in mind when trying to file a claim so that you can get complete coverage for storm damage. Here at Cap City Restoration we are able to help you put together your estimate to file your claim.
There are a variety of ways to prevent storm damage. Keeping large trees away from the roof and properly trimmed can prevent branches from hitting the roof. Likewise, making sure your roof is repaired at the end of it’s lifecycle will ensure that your roof has proper adhesion to deal with strong winds. Although storm damage happens, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Cap City Restoration offers an emergency service to help you through these trying times that roof storm damage brings.